Galvanize Chief Legal and People Officer Named 9News Leader of the Year

DENVER--()--Galvanize is proud to announce that Stephanie Donner, Chief Legal and People Officer and Corporate Secretary, has been awarded the 2017 Denver 9News Leader of the Year.

“Stephanie brought enormous talent and bench strength to his team”

“Stephanie has been instrumental in initiating sweeping and positive changes that have transformed our organization while being a leader who helps us all do more to transform countless lives,” said Jim Deters, CEO of Galvanize. “There is no one more deserving of this award and I/we believe her commitment to leading with integrity, heart and compassion on behalf of the underrepresented is unparalleled.”

Prior to joining Galvanize, Donner served as the Chief Legal Counsel for the Office of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. “Stephanie brought enormous talent and bench strength to his team,” said Jamie Van Leeuwen, Senior Advisor to Governor Hickenlooper. “Her impressive legal background, coupled with her notable experiences in strategically and successfully leading many of the most important initiatives for Colorado, afforded her the opportunity to impact positive change in government.”

Since joining Galvanize in 2015, she has led a variety of initiatives including implementing the Galvanize Standard, launching the company’s Parental Leave Program, and ensuring there is not a gender pay gap or salary inequities. Donner also finds time to impact people and communities by serving on numerous boards including The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Denver Metropolitan League Major Stadium District Board, and Girls, Inc., of Metro Denver.

“I am humbled and honored to accept this award,” said Ms. Donner. “My commitment to equality and empowerment, collaboration and community is on behalf of all those who have been underrepresented. I believe everyone should have a voice and a chance to not only transform their lives, but the lives of others in their community and across the globe.”

Learn more about the 9News Leader of the Year award and past winners here.

About Galvanize

Galvanize is a dynamic tech learning community that offers education, workspace, and networking for students, startups, and large companies. Galvanize teaches web development, data science, and data engineering to students; offers support and workspace to member companies and provides over 200 networking events across seven urban campuses throughout the nation. Galvanize campuses bring together entrepreneurs, students, investors, mentors, and great people and companies to develop the skills, mindset and networks necessary to thrive in a technology-driven world. To learn more about Galvanize, visit or like us on Facebook: or follow us on Twitter @Galvanize.


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